Busy First Quarter for New REAL Evaluation Fellow

As a Fellow, Evan is being mentored by NSHRF’s credentialed evaluators, Dr. Nancy Carter and Robert Chatwin, to develop hisunderstanding of the core competencies required for achieving the Canadian Evaluation Society (CES) professional designation of Credentialed Evaluator (CE).

Evan cites the Fellowship as a landmark in his program evaluation career and journey so far. “As an early career evaluator, it is so important to gain hands-on, practical experience and connect with others working in the field,” he says. “It’s a privilege to receive mentorship from an organization that values evaluation culture for its benefits to the community and its internal operations.” 

Prior to arriving at NSHRF in August, Evan was completing his Master of Arts in Applied Social Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. On September 28, he successfully defended his thesis exploring how driving safety is learned by youth raised in rural Saskatchewan, a region with traffic-related injury and fatality rates among the highest in the country.

Evan’s interest in evaluation was sparked during graduate school when he competed in the 2017 and 2018 CES-CESEF Student Evaluation Case Competition finals. “I was introduced to a passionate and welcoming community of evaluators that I didn’t know existed,” he explains. “I was hooked.” 

Since arriving on the east coast, Evan has expanded his involvement with CES by joining the Nova Scotia Chapter and volunteering as manager of social media. Moreover, he’s part of the planning committee for the 2019 CES conference, which will take place in Halifax in late May.  

Established in 2015 as the first of its kind in Canada, the REAL Evaluation Fellowship is a two-year paid studentship which provides education and practical experience to an individual in the early stages of a career in the field of program evaluation.